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The newsletter of S&ERFC
in touch 03
February / March 2015
IN A PACKED ISSUE:
U10s 6ish Nations
Your club needs you!
Catering Crew Job (16+)
In Touch meets... Kevin Mohr
Summer camp 2015
Quins Curtain Raiser Review
Quins Easter Camp
What it means to be a club sponsor
As I write this, the rain is driving down, its freezing cold
and our pitches (particularly the Clubhouse pitch) are
capable of staging the world mud-wrestling
championships... that’s right, Spring is in the air!
Quite frankly, I am amazed that we have been able to keep the
show on the road given the state of the pitches. We continue
to host a full book of training during the week, plus senior and
junior matches at weekends, as well as two festivals since
Christmas, without any cancellations. Credit must go to our
external Groundstaff who have done a cracking job, as well as
our House & Grounds team. That said, anyone who sees the
pitches at the club will know that we are very much on the
brink, and a wet March would leave us in trouble. Lets hope
Spring does happen...
On the pitch, the 1st XV continue to perform strongly at the top
end of London 1, as the league table shows.
To remind members, the winners of the league go up to
National League 3, with the runners up going into a play off.
There are 4 games left, and its out of our hands, but all we can
keep doing is playing well, winning, accumulating points and
keeping the pressure up on those above us. In Boxing, people
say that ‘styles make fights’ and its largely true in this league as
well. There are some teams who we are made for and others
who we will struggle against, but that isn’t necessarily reflected
in league position. Our strengths are speed, athleticism and
fitness, which are geared more towards end of season pitches
rather than mid-season quagmires. My view? There will be a
number of twists and turns amongst the top 4 in this league
before the season is over and with the top 4 playing each other
this Saturday, its a pivotal weekend for all.
Thoughts from the Director of Rugby’s chair!
ROWLAND’S RAMBLINGS continued
Most recently, we have enjoyed a good win against Hove, a
narrow win away at Charlton Park (a good team who should be
higher up the league) where an unbelievable defensive effort
just carried the day, and a very tight loss to Sidcup. We are
tightly matched with the latter having won at their place in
October, but they edged a low scoring match against us,
where their strong pack and experience allowed them to play
the conditions that little bit better than us. No complaints. We
then beat Twickenham in a remarkable match. They are
another team with a false position, their backs were sharp, they
played to their strengths and we were only 1 point up heading
into injury time. To then get two excellent tries to secure the
bonus point put a false veneer on the score, although I doubt
there was a better individual score seen anywhere in the
country than that which Khyran Ghumra ran in with the last
play of the game.
And so, onto this Saturday. We go to Wimbledon for a 3pm
kick off. The league table above tells you all you need to know
on the importance of this match, and i was therefore delighted
to see that we will be filling a Supporters coach for the relatively
short haul down the A3. It will be a tough game for our lads,
and the boys will be really lifted by the numbers of black and
white bedecked supporters that look like getting to Barham
Road on Saturday. It should be a cracker.
Followers of the 1st XV (and there are many) who can’t get to
matches often comment on our match reports. These are done
by the erudite Paul Beken whose fair, balanced and informative
writing contrasts with much of the one-eyed garbage you can
get from match reports at other clubs. Paul, along with Dave
Jackson who does our photography, have each done a brilliant
job in the last few years in keeping members, visitors and local
media well informed on developments at the club, for which
we are indebted to them.
Elsewhere, the planning for next season is in full swing and
I would hope to be in a position to provide members with more
details in the next In Touch. We have a great bunch of people
giving so much to the club at the moment, and I hope that we
can keep as many of them as possible on board.
Finally, a word of congratulations for our U13s who finished
their first season in Junior Rugby as runners-up in Surrey
League 1. They run two teams who have both acquitted
themselves really well, and its no surprise to me, as this has
always been a superbly run group. Also, a mention for the U16s
whose two teams are riding high in their respective leagues.
Great credit to Tom O’Brien, Kevin Gartside and Colin Doherty
for their work in the stabilising and redevelopment of this group.
Good luck to all teams across the club in the forthcoming
The number of representative honours have
sky-rocketed over the past couple of months!
Congratulations to all of the following lads, well done and
good luck for those with games coming up!
Seb Adeniran-Olule: 2 Caps for England U20s, notably
his appearance for their win against Ireland in the U20
Six Nations! Also picking up his first full cap for Harlequins
in their Aviva Premiership game against Exeter.
Stan South: Gained his first full cap Harlequins in their
LV Cup game against Gloucester.
Mofe Wilkey & Archie White: Both selected for England
U18s in their recent game against Wales.
George Jackson: Selected for England Counties playing
against Ireland Counties and France Academy.
James Ford: Selected for Surrey U15s this season, with
games against Sussex, Kent and beyond!
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!
Wimbledon Away (Supporters Coach)
Our 1st XV boys need your support on Saturday 21st March
with, what is shaping up to be, the biggest London 1 South
game this season. A supporters coach is being run from the
clubhouse to Wimbledon and back in time for England vs.
France, being screened live at the club, so there’s no excuse!
The coach is departing at 1.30, spaces are limited.
To book text Sam Phillips: 07769 345407.
Your club needs you!
CATERING CREW JOB (16+)
Are you aged over 16 years and older? Are you
available for casual part-time work on Sundays and
some Saturdays? Can you serve over 100 Chicken
Burgers a minute?
Then this might be the job for you!
The Catering Crew are looking for new members for the
end of this season and throughout next season.
To apply contact Sarah Mahoney, Catering Manager, on
SUMMER CAMP 2015
Following on from last year’s tremendous camp with over
120 children in attendance for the week, bookings are
now being taken for this year’s camp.
Welcome to the coaching corning from your CCC,
Barry Nolan. Firstly, I would like to thank all coaches,
managers, referees and also parents for their continual help
and active response and attendance on courses, seminars,
meetings, etc. at the Club. The coaching development goes
from strength to strength. It is great to see all players active in
games and or mini games, rather than seeing lines of minis,
juniors or seniors waiting to be go next in a ‘drill’!
The dates for this year’s camp are from Monday 17th – Friday
21st August. So come and get your child to learn to play the
SUTTS Way! For bookings and enquiries, contact the Summer
Camp Team on:
QUINS EASTER CAMP
Monday 30th March to Wednesday 1st April. For full details
and bookings click the link on the homepage of our website.
U10S 6ISH NATIONS
It was another enjoyable year for the Under 10s 6ish
Nations Rugby Festival in aid of this year’s chosen
charity, the Royal Marsden Cancer Trust. This was our
second year running this colourful festival which is one of the
best festivals of the year where all the U10s squad are mixed
up into teams of their choice either England, Scotland, Ireland,
Wales, France Zealand or the Barbarians. With the fantastic
support and teamwork of all the parents, relatives and friends
we raised a total of £752.41 for The Royal Marsden Cancer
Charity from donations and the fantastic raffle. This year’s
champions were France Zealand. A big well done to all the
children and a big thank you to everyone who was involved.
We continue to hold RFU CPD courses at the club, where we
have just had a ‘Kicking in 15 a side Game’ CPD where
3nr the 16 attendants were from S&E. The next CPD will be
Scrum Factory on 23 March 2015, cost £15; there 2 places
left. We have still been holding in house coaching
development sessions where the latest has been Tag to
Tackle session for the U8 coaches, who under the NRoP will
be encountering tackling next season for their young players.
There is a follow on session booked with the U8 coaches at
20.00hrs on Wednesday 18 March with a refresher just
before the season starts.
Without doubt it was fantastic to see 108nr members, from
players, coaches, referees, physiotherapists, parents and
committee members, attend the recent Concussion
Awareness Presentation by the RFU at the club on 25 February.
The RFU’s concussion education campaign continues
with the launch of three online courses aimed at coaches,
match officials and players. These will be available at
EnglandRugby.com/Headcase - they are 30 minutes
modules that will take one through why it’s important to
manage concussion properly, how we all have a role in
protecting players and helping them through their recovery
and return to play if they do get injured. Please take a moment
to research this website.
As we approach the end of the season I would like to ask all,
what courses, either in house Coaching Development or
RFU CPD you would like to see held at the club and please
take time to come and speak to me so I can book courses
with the RFU. Also please take note of the coaches notice
board that is regularly updated with courses and events; of
course I would like to thank those who have livened the board
up with pink wallpaper!
Lastly well done to Pumba for attaining his RFU Level 2
Disclaimer – The Editor takes no responsibility for any
changes to the Club Coaching Noticeboard (if only the same
could be said for his father).
The Senior Ladies are moving from strength to strength
with now over 30 ladies on the team sheet when we had
only 5 at the start of the season; a sterling effort.
Certainly matters can only get better as we are
receiving more and more girls through word of mouth,
friends, players and our website.
A full and fun-packed calendar of events at the club...
This of course will be enhanced when the thriving junior and
youth girls filter through the system. Without doubt the majority
of the squad are relatively new to rugby where we have had to
develop our core skills very quickly to encounter and challenge
well established teams. Results have improved; where we were
beaten at the season start by one of the best teams in the
league by nearly 70 points only to play the return match and
draw 12 all, where the opposition scored and converted in the
last minute; an absolute marvellous progression.
Both the Ladies and Youth Girls recently received a visit from
former England player – Claire Purdy. It is without doubt that
the they thoroughly enjoyed the coaching and were put through
their paces and have since renewed their enthusiasm for the
sport, and it has reignited that passion from within.
The strong point about the Ladies is their camaraderie,
teamwork and willingness to battle on, no matter what. Indeed
it must be stated that they both play and party hard – social
animals – with a mini tour to Newcastle very soon.
Friday 27th March
Suitable for 6-12 years – bring your friends – only £3.00 each
which includes film, popcorn and a drink! 6.00 – 8.00pm. All
money raised will go towards kit for the mini section. Parents to
accompany children, the bar is open downstairs.
Saturday 11th April
League Lunch v Dover
Menu is popadoms & dips, curry (from the Star of India in
Cheam) and cheese and biscuits. Book your tables with Lin.
Saturday 18th April
The Great War Centennial Charity Day
See website for full details of this great day of rugby.
Saturday 2nd May
This is being held at the Holiday Inn Sutton and as last year
there will be a live band. We have rooms available at a
reduced rate of £79.00 per room inc breakfast. Tickets are
£45.00 each. NB: Very few tickets are available, this event
is nearly sold out.
QUINS CURTAIN RAISER TOURNAMENT REVIEW
Sutton & Epsom RFC continued their community association with Harlequins by sending 11 mini’s teams across U7s
– U12s to play in the DHL Curtain Raiser Tournament. The focus of the tournament was for the teams to demonstrate the
core values of rugby and to demonstrate it being played in the right way. For those teams that were able to shine then they were
voted by fellow team managers to receive The DHL Team Spirit Trophy. However, no player went home without a memento of the
day as they were all presented with a Harlequins medal for taking part.
As a further highlight for some of the U8s they also took part in the Guard
of Honour at The Stoop to welcome the Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs out
onto the pitch for their match. Also, at half time a group photo was taken
under the posts in order that it can remain a great memory of the day, just
as long as we ignore the Quins result!
Many thanks to all those who took part and to Quins for hosting
and to top it all, the event managed to raise £500 from the Cash Back
ticket deal which has gone direct into the S&E mini’s general fund.
With a packed few weeks of Junior League Fixtures
coming up (many of which deciding where most of
our junior teams stand at the end of the season), a full
Junior Round-Up will come in the next In Touch.
It is now only 6 weeks until the club hosts the annual
Surrey B festival and this year it looks like it will be the
biggest one ever held!
Although a massive congratulations to those, already named,
who have picked up Representative Honours, all of whom
played their Junior Rugby at Sutton and Epsom.
Since the start of Feb our minis have been very busy! Our U5s
and U6s have trained regularly with the numbers attending
seemingly going up every week. Mo and Rod are doing a great
job ensuring all the kids have a fun time at the start of their long
rugby careers. Unfortunately, Kristina, their team manager is
stepping down after filling this role brilliantly for the past few
years, so please can you consider whether you will be able to
help out next year.
As for the “older” minis, well they have been very busy as well.
We have sent 79 teams to 10 different festivals over the last
few weeks and from what I have heard back is that the kids
have been playing some really good rugby. We ourselves have
hosted 2 festivals in Feb and although one was unfortunately
affected by waterlogged pitches and so numbers had to be
reduced, we still hosted 60 teams from 14 different clubs
across the two festivals.
At the start of the year, the club decided to introduce a different
format to our festivals to be in line with the RFU’s rugby
blueprint. We decided that we would not be awarding trophies
for an overall winner of the festival and no final leagues would
This was to encourage the kids to play good competitive rugby
in each game they played. A trophy is still awarded to the team
selected by the head coaches in each year, who in their opinion
has played the best rugby throughout the festival. Also, every
team receives two shields to award to two of their own players
who they feel were the best attacking and best defensive
players of the festival.
Finally, every child taking part from U7s to U12s also receives a
medal. A massive thank you for all of the positive feedback so
far and for those who have helped with the numerous jobs that
are required when it comes to running a festival, although your
help is needed again (see opposite). Finally, I know there is still
plenty of rugby to be played by the kids over the next 2 months
and I hope all of you and especially the kids enjoy it.
For those years who are going on tour, have a good one.
Ryan Reino and Paul Phillips
It is a privilege to be asked to host this festival but this does
mean that we need the whole club to chip in to help on the
day. With that in mind, you will shortly be asked by your age
group’s head coach or team manager to see if you could help
organise the event leading up to it or on the day itself. It is vital
for the festival to run that each year provides volunteers and the
time you give is really appreciated. Jobs that need filling include
car par marshals, catering assistants, help with setting up the
festivals and taking down at the end, pitch marshals and general
clearing of the site. Please offer you help, as the more people
who step forward, the less time is required from everyone.
We are also looking for “section managers” who will take
responsibility for a particular area on the day. Parking has already
been kindly filled but we still need catering, registration, set up
and take down managers. If you feel you could offer your
time, please let Ryan Reino know ASAP.
World Cup warm-up matches
We have received details of two pre-World Cup warmup matches to be played at Twickenham in August and
September against France and Ireland. Tickets are offered
at half price for Juniors (under 16). The RFU require our
application to be received by the end of April so members
will have to complete the forms and send them to me
by 20th April. The forms can be downloaded from our
England v Barbarians
We also have a few tickets available for the England v
Barbarians match on Sunday 31 May. Anyone interested
should get in touch with Bryan Chapple on 01372
464250 or email@example.com
Following on from the successful Concussion Awareness
Course and First Aid Task Force Meeting, details of the
club policy which is already in place and will continue to
be added to will be announced in due course.
IN TOUCH MEETS... KEVIN MOHR
To celebrate the Honorary Secretary turning 50
(for the avoidance of doubt, 50!) InTouch is meeting
the man himself, Kevin Mohr.
Forgotten, although the party was great
(cracking food Sarah).
Role in the Club?
Honorary Secretary, responsible for all the
Funniest club moments?
Bob whinging about not being fed at Dover – he hadn’t returned
his permission slip; Comedy Night when the Comedian was left
speechless on finding out Beccs nickname... The Director of
Rugby at a Players Dinner, Antics at Christmas Carnage; the
1st XV when drunk.
Editor’s Note: General point, Bob Haime is the last person
to see In Touch before Bob, himself, does the design/artwork.
Don’t offend him, it’ll soon backfire! Kev, I fear what he changes
your answers to!...
Note to Editor: Sam, there is no need to change any answers –
I know who wears the trousers in my household. However,
I think I’ve spotted a typo – second word in the ‘Club nickname’
Editor’s Note: All paperwork affiliated with the club has
subsequently been lost, unopened or not responded to.
Favourite TV Show?
At the moment it is slow mo replays of Madge falling down
the stairs at the Brits – top comedy, or the recent repeat of
The biggest challenge the club faces?
Apart from getting the chairman to open his wallet, encouraging
parents and members to make use of the clubhouse – it is our
main source of regular income through the year.
Who is your Rugby inspiration?
Bob Haime – the effort he has to put in to be allowed out
should be an inspiration to us all.
Best banter heard at the club?
“The Referee’s a Weasley”, by the Ladies team, sitting in
the stand with several bottles of wine, giving their opinion
of a referee; helpful advice during a game by Peter Jenkins
– I’m sure players and officials are always grateful of Pete’s
incisive expert comment; and Bob’s excuses when he
doesn’t show up.
Favourite tour venue and why?
St Mary’s, Dublin. Amazing hosts, an amazing day, other than
Kevin McCarthy’s singing – he should duet with Stitch!
Tightest person at S&E?
Discounting the Scots, as it is genetic, it is Richard “two jobs”
Humphreys, touch judge extraordinaire – but that is why he is
also the Treasurer... although he could buy a round occasionally!
5 people you would most like to have dinner with?
Bob Haime, if he is allowed out, if not Desmond Tutu;
Dave Allen the comedian; Henning Wehn (German comedian);
my wife (memo to Bob – that is how you get permission to
go out!); Vanessa Paradis, she can sing a bit and knows how
to hail a cab.
Don’t forget, if any member has anything club
related they would like to tweet, then please feel
free to contact S&E’s dedicated Tweetmeisters:
firstname.lastname@example.org / @Ryan_Reino
Rachel.email@example.com / @BruceyForsyth
In the meantime, get following:
Follow us @SuttonEpsomRFC
And whilst you are at it, don’t forget to follow the Sutton
& Epsom Ladies as well:
Follow us @SuttonLadies
And remember to ‘like’ on Facebook: Events at S&E RFC
Website updates to Bob Haime
DEBBIE FROM CUFF AND GOUGH LLP: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CLUB SPONSOR
As a long standing rugby fan and having watched my
son go through the ranks at the rugby club over 10 years
it really was an honour to be asked by the Junior Club
Chairman to consider whether our firm would sponsor
the fledgling girls team a couple of seasons back and
it was without hesitation that my business partner,
Jeremy Cuff, and I agreed.
As a local firm of solicitors (all our staff are local) we were
looking to up our profile. We are very much involved in
community projects in Banstead and the surrounding area it
has been a sheer delight to watch the success of the girls team
over the past 2 seasons.
We have hugely benefitted from the exposure of having our
names emblazoned across the girl’s team shirts especially
given the Sky Sports News coverage of the girl’s team last year
when we had a full days TV coverage!!!
But it’s also more than that... it’s about being part of something
worthwhile and providing the funds for the kit for the girls team
certainly seemed worthwhile – not only do they look great but
they have been extremely successful and in our small way it
feels good to be associated with them.
As a thank you for our support the girls team attended our stall
at the Banstead May Fayre last year dressed in shirts bearing
our name and handing out summer camp leaflets which
we had also sponsored – it certainly felt like our name was
everywhere in Banstead that day. What better way of putting
our firm’s names on the lips of the families we would like to act
for whether they are moving house, need to write a will or any
of the other services we offer.
We hope our sponsorship with the rugby club will continue
for many successful seasons to come. For more information
about our services, have a look at our website:
Our sponsorship at the club has enabled us to put our firm’s
name on the radar of thousands of local families many of whom
are now our valued clients.
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